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Mr. Roche is the founder of Orcam Financial Group, LLC, a low fee financial services firm based in San Diego, CA as well as the founder of the popular financial website Pragmatic Capitalism. 

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Three Things I Think I Think – Don’t Piss in my House

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

Here are some things I think I am thinking about:

1) Don’t Piss in my House. YouTube demonetized some people and now Conservatives are up in arms about the first amendment. In case you missed it – basically, there’s some Conservative guy on YouTube who says a lot of inappropriate things about homosexuals and other people. A VOX Media reporter was the target of some of these insults and made a big stink about it. Big enough that YouTube decided to demonetize the YouTuber (meaning, he won’t make money from YouTube ads).

I’ve expressed my view here before. I’m not a huge fan of the growing trend in political correctness, but I also don’t think the internet is a public park giving us broadly public rights of expression. When we upload content to social media platforms we are specifically using privately owned server space. That is server space private companies paid for with the express purpose of PRIVATE PURPOSE for PRIVATE PROFIT. For instance, I pay thousands of dollars a year to supply internet real estate to readers and forum users here. If someone uploads a comment to my forum that I don’t like then it is 100% my right to remove that comment just like it is your right to remove someone from your home who pisses on your carpet. Free speech gives you the right to say what you want, but it doesn’t give you the right to say things wherever you want.

Feel free to go piss in my forum if you’d like. But be forewarned – I will mop that piss up and remove it if I don’t like it!!!

2) Don’t Piss in my Ports. I made some bad jokes on Twitter about the price of avocados and Trump’s confounding trade wars with the world. The thing is, Trump seems to have a woefully misinformed understanding of international trade and he actually thinks that China pays the tariffs when in fact it is US importers who pay the tariffs and pass along those import taxes as higher cost goods to US consumers. Lots of us have been explaining this for years and now we have empirical evidence that this is true. According to the NBER the tariffs are costing US consumers $1.4 billion per month. Imagine implementing a huge tax cut that seemed to have some economic benefit only to offset it in part because you don’t understand the only thing that economists actually agree about!

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